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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the setting of the play?
(a) Arabia.
(b) America.
(c) Thebes.
(d) Greece.

2. The belief system of ancient Greece is that existence depends upon _____, or the will of the gods?
(a) Luck.
(b) Fate.
(c) Free will.
(d) Destiny.

3. After Oedipus' death, who rules the city of Thebes?
(a) Jocasta.
(b) Eteocles.
(c) Antigone.
(d) Polyneices.

4. What is the name of Laius' son?
(a) Oedipus.
(b) Eteocles.
(c) Antigone .
(d) Pelops.

5. Eteocles tells the men that the battle has ______.
(a) Is over.
(b) Gone badly.
(c) Hasn't started.
(d) Gone well.

Short Answer Questions

1. Imagery is used throughout the play to describe the _______ of women.

2. How many Gates of Thebes are there?

3. Where does Polyneices go to marry a princess?

4. The women of Thebes pray to the gods to remember their faithfulness and protect them so they can continue to do what?

5. After Oedipus' adopts father is killed, Oedipus seeks revenge and kills _______ .

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the Chorus speak of Jocasta in part 4?

2. Give an example of how religion is utilized in part 1 of the play.

3. How does the Chorus use their senses to illustrate their fears of the war?

4. Give an example of how rebellion and defiance occurs within part 4.

5. Compare and contrast Antigone and Ismene.

6. Give two examples of the theme: power of curses as seen in the play, Seven Against Thebes.

7. Why would the audience of this play find it ironic that Antigone and Ismene lived in the prospering city of Thebes?

8. Who says, "If the gods [demand] evil, no man can evade it?" To whom is this character saying that to? What is this character referring to?

9. How is the theme of family portrayed in this play?

10. What is the significance of Polyneices going to Argos and marrying a princess?

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